The SPL Fixtures for 2008/2009 came out today as expected. Amazingly, they’re not as bad as they usually are.
However, Rangers have already started complaining about next season, months before a ball is even kicked. According to the Evening Times, “Rangers fans chief Jim Templeton today reacted with fury as the SPL unveiled the fixtures for the new 2008/2009 season.”
What is his “fury” about? They have 3 away games out of the first four in the season. Let me repeat that, 3 out of four, not 3 in a row. Rangers play Falkirk away, then Hearts at home, then Aberdeen away, then Celtic away. That’s two away games in a row and he thinks it’s a conspiracy. Where do they find these guys? I know the self styled Hibs fans leaders tend to be jumped up officious little men too but this guy really takes the Jaffa Cake. It’s almost worth reading the article as you can just imagine the small minded bigot getting really angry in an Ian Paisley style over this perceived injustice, veins popping out his blood engorged head because they have to play two away games in a row.
Actually if you take it further, Rangers have 3 away games out of their first six games. To me, from moaning the way they are, it sounds like they’ve given up before the league has started, and no wonder with the negative team Walter Smith is continuing to build.
They appear to be the only team in the league who are making a big hoo-ha about the SPL fixtures this year. Could it be that for the first time the SPL has not simply given the Old Firm the best fixtures? They’re simply not used to not being pandered to.
It seems, from trawling the message boards etc. that all teams seem to have some minor gripe. That’s to be expected, not everyone is going to have a perfect fixture list. For Hibs, we get a derby at New Year for the first time in ages but yet again, it’s away from home. But that’s a minor complaint compared to the nonsense we’ve endured over the last few seasons. Kilmarnock and Inverness over the festive period, no New Year derby, playing teams three times away from home etc.
Here are the fixtures for the Hibs Fans cribbage tournament which takes place before league games:
Sat 9th Aug … Away v Errshur Killie
Sat 16th Aug … Home v Bairns
Sat 23rd Aug … Away v Caley Fistle
Sat 30th Aug … Home v ‘Well
Sat 13th Sept … Home v Arabs
Sat 20th Sept … Away v Accies
Sat 27th Sept … Home v Huns
Sat 4th Oct … Away v Dons
Sat 18th Oct … Home v Gunts
Sat 25th Oct … Away v SDB’s
Sat 1st Nov … Away v St Midden
Sat 8th Nov … Home v Caley Fistle
Wed 12th Nov … Away v Arabs
Sat 15th Nov … Home v Dons
Sat 22nd Nov … Away v ‘Well
Sat 29th Nov … Away v Bairns
Sat 6th Dec … Home v SDB’s
Sat 13th Dec … Home v Accies
Sat 20th Dec … Away v Huns
Sat 27th Dec … Home v Errshur Killie
Sat 3rd Jan … Away v Gunts
Sat 17th Jan … Home v St Midden
Sat 24th Jan … Away v SDB’s
Sat 31st Jan … Home v ‘Well
Sat 14th Feb … Away v Errshur Killie
Sat 21st Feb … Away v Caley Fistle
Sat 28th Feb … Home v Bairns
Wed 4th Mar … Away v Accies
Sat 14th Mar … Home v Gunts
Sat 21st Mar … Home v Dons
Sat 4th Apr … Away v Arabs
Sat 11th Apr … Away v St Midden
Sat 18th Apr … Home v Huns